On November 23, 2013, Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao will have officially gone all-in on the biggest gamble of his career in facing Brandon Rios on a HBO PPV event in Macau, China. Pacquiao is coming off two straight losses to Timothy Bradley and his long-time rival, Juan Manuel Marquez. If he were to lose a third straight, then his Hall Of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, has volunteered to step in and request that Manny seek retirement. At 34 years old, he has stepped into the ring 61 times. Rios will make 62, so there isn’t much time left for Manny as his window is closing on the sport since he’s been a pro back in 1995.
There’s a lot at stake here for Manny as he attempts one last push for a world title. It starts in Macau and against a powerful punching and strong chined Brandon Rios who also has put it all on the table.
Brandon Rios is also coming off of a loss, his first, against Mike Alvarado. Rios doesn’t have the clout or star power that Pacquiao has, but a win here will elevate him among the stars of the highly competitive and talented welterweight class. To prevent losing from being a trend, Rios is betting the house on a win against Pacquiao to lead him into the discussion of a world title fight in the very near future.
The last time Rios held a world title was in 2011 when he defeated Miguel Acosta to win the WBA Lightweight championship. He lost it in the same year on the scale despite knocking out John Murray in the 11th round. Ever since then, Rios has been clawing to get back in the discussion of a world title shot. A win here will clearly set him up to do so by defeating a living legend in Pacquiao. Rios is also looking to put a staple on his career despite constantly overlooked and underrated. Rios is next up among the loaded welterweight division and is aiming to prove that tonight.
In beating Manny, Rios can show everyone that he is more than just a hard puncher and that he is worthy of being talked about amongst the elites of not only his division, but boxing altogether. Manny can reclaim the fame he once had during his miraculous run through the Super Featherweight all the way up to Welterweight classes back in 2005-2012. Manny was a household name and wants to make sure no one forgets that. He wants to prove to the world that he is still the same Manny of old and is looking to prove so against the young and aggressive Brandon Rios.
Despite the physical altercation that happened between both camps while training, Pacquiao and Rios are focused on one thing: Getting back in the win column. Manny being motivated by those thinking he’s washed up and Rios is being pushed by those who have doubted him his whole career. There is a lot riding on this fight for both fighters and they are taking it as serious as any fight they have ever had. They understand what is at stake. Both are all in. The stage is set. Emotions are high.
Words have been said. Bets are placed and locked in. Both are vying for the same pot: a world title shot. But first, they must win the biggest hand that both fighters have ever played in their careers.